Saturday, March 05, 2005

Julius Shulman, ambassador of an era, still going strong

Julius Shulman's elegant photographs of West Coat modernism helped to translate the movement to the uninitiated. Who could forget this photo of Pierre Koenig's 1959 Case Study house? At 94, he is still clicking away.

He returns to L.A., wraps up a daylong photography session on location, then retreats to his studio early one evening to read mail and return calls under a sign that reads, "Old Age & Treachery Will Overcome Youth & Skill."

"At this stage in life, normal people die," he likes to say. "But I look in the obituaries every day, and my name isn't there yet."

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